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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2011

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2011

Sku: 024879

The Offerus project started with the 1995 vintage. As the appellation of St. Joseph has expanded in size over the past few years, Jean-Louis' goal was to search out small domains from the heart of the appellation, with values reflecting those which he requires for making his own wine. He wanted to recreate a St. Joseph which is truly expressive of the Eastern granitic slopes of the Ardéche region, rather than a homogenized version not expressive of its roots. Jean-Louis found ten domaines with which to work. In order to ensure the quality of the wines, he is in contact with the domaines throughout the growing season, during the harvest, and through the vinification. Because of this investment of time, Jean-Louis has gotten them to work organically, to produce lower yields, and to learn the importance of making a wine expressive of the terroir specific to their soil.

John Livingstone-Learmonth

2011****(*) various elements from different sites: (Les Oliviers, galet stones on clay-limestone top, granite subsoil, 1980s Syrah, 12 hl barrel) **** sound red; frisky red fruit aroma that is live and giving, has a light powdery touch. The palate bears good, fat fruit, has a sunswept gras richness, good heart, is wide spread. 15-17 years. (Bachasson, granite, 12 hl barrel) **** elegant nose – floating air of flowers, raspberry, licorice also. The palate is open and rolling with red cherry, raspberry, is tasty. Good knitting here, and a good, tight and orderly finish from its granite. 16-18 years. (Clos Florentin - Clos de L'Arbalestier, 228-litre cask) **** dark robe; ripe maturity, silky air – the nose is a very neat ensemble, shows red liqueur fruit. The palate has comfortable depth with fine, slightly oily acidity – has a gentle caress style. It builds up interesting tannins which are not suggested by the fruit. This has an intensity, a real spot of darkness at the end. This will provide a core, a big heart, to the final wine. 17 years. (Dardouille, “always powerful wine”, 228-litre oak cask) **** dark red. Roasted, raspberry fruit depth on the nose, followed by a fresh note. The palate is close-knit, robust, has a raspberry jam ripeness of taste, shows some reduction. 17-19 years. OVERALL ****(*) super-solid quality here – a classy domaine Saint-Joseph that will allow terroir to speak clearly. Given a notion of an extra half star on its potential to fuse very well from its blending – the sum being greater than the individual parts.  2028-31. Nov 2012

Vintage 2011 - Wine Spectator, 90 Points:
A pure and racy style, exhibiting lovely cut and persistence to the beam of white pepper, damson plum, cherry and iron notes that drive through the focused finish. Drink now through 2018.

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Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub-Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation: Saint Joseph
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Type: Still wine

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